Scioto Valley Presbytery Meeting Highlights, Tuesday, February 19 at Worthington Presbyterian Church

From the PSV Stated Clerk, Sally Robinson… 

Many words of gratitude go to the Worthington Presbyterian Church pastors, staff, elders and members for their radical hospitality for this meeting of the Presbytery.

The Presbytery Meeting opened with prayer by Moderator. Rev. Rebecca Tollefson on Tuesday, February 19 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the Worthington Presbyterian Church.

The meeting followed an inspiring and energizing gathering of persons committed to Global Mission led by guest leader Ellen Sherby, Coordinator for Equipping for Mission Involvement. Ellen also led worship during the Presbytery Meeting.

Highlights of the Meeting included:

  • One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
  • Minute for mission on the Mid-Ohio Workers Association, which recently received a Self-Development of People Grant
  • Presentation by James G. Rissler, President of the PC(USA) Investment and Loan Program (PILP) and presentation for interest rebate checks to the First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster; Highlands Presbyterian Church; the Presbyterian Church of Johnstown; Mifflin Presbyterian Church, Gahanna; and Ramseyer Presbyterian Church.

The Presbytery voted by ballot and approved the following amendments to the Constitution from the 223rd General Assembly: 18-A Election of Ruling Elders and Deacons, 18-B.1 Renounced Jurisdiction,  18-B.2 Renunciation of Jurisdiction, 18-D Membership of Presbytery, 18-E Pastor, Counselor and Advisor to Its Pastors and Congregations,  18-F Welcoming to the Table, 18-G Disciplinary Offense, 18-H.1 Rules of Discipline and 18-H.2 Time Limit.

The Presbytery voted to disapprove Amendment 18-C. Details about these amendments are available on the presbytery website.

The New Albany Administrative Commission was dismissed with gratitude, as their work is completed. The Presbytery Commissions gave reports of their events and actions.

Commission for Nurture and Outreach

  • $1500 Mission Grant to the Harrisonville Church for their Blessing Box
  • $200 scholarships Available for Youth Triennium
  • Global Mission Network Began at this meeting
  • Over 120 youth to attend Youth Rally February 23-25
  • Synod Presbyterian Women summer gathering at Covenant Church

Commission for Presbytery Operations

  • Announced property sales on behalf of Presbytery
  • Presented the year-end financial report and per capita report for 2018. Thanks to all congregations!
  • The Presbytery elected Rev. Roger Au as PSV treasurer for 2019

Commission for Church Professionals

  • Received Rev Ross Slaughter from Maumee Valley Presbytery to be the installed Minister of Word and Sacrament at the First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Vernon, beginning February 25.
  • Received Rev. Neil Mac Queen from the Presbytery of Tampa Bay to validated ministry.
  • Dismissed Rev. Tracy Keenan to New Castle Presbytery, where she will be the Missional Presbyter, with recognition of and gratitude for her work here.
  • Announced the next Fireside Chat will be at the Rusty Bucket, Clintonville, on March 12, 4-6 pm.

Commission for Congregational Life

  • The Presbytery approved a Moderator’s Administrative Commission to respond to the request of the Greenfield-Pisgah-Mt. Pleasant Church for a “possible disassociation with the Presbytery of Scioto Valley.”
  • The Presbytery elected Rev. Charlsie Ramsey, Elder Richard Glass and Elder Juliana Boamah- Acheampong as members of the Nominating Committee, presented by the Coordinating Team.

The next meeting of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley will be on Tuesday, May 21, 3:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in London.

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